mys·​ti·​cal ˈmi-sti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio)
: having a spiritual meaning or reality that is neither apparent to the senses nor obvious to the intelligence
the mystical food of the sacrament
: involving or having the nature of an individual's direct subjective communion with God or ultimate reality
the mystical experience of the Inner Light
mystically adverb

Examples of mystical in a Sentence

He has a mystical union with God. She says that the symbol has mystical powers. the deep, almost mystical quality of her poetry a mystical journey in search of God mystical knowledge of the spirit world
Recent Examples on the Web Real landscapes and scenarios undergo a transformation into enigmatic dreams and mystical experiences, offering a beacon of light and a sense of escape from her unfortunate fate. John Hopewell, Variety, 23 Nov. 2023 Photograph: Jackrabbit One of the weirdest side effects of my job is a Zen-like, mystical lack of attachment to things. Adrienne So, WIRED, 20 Nov. 2023 Many claim that these special spots, where energy enters or projects out of the earth, have an almost mystical ability to heal and transform. Los Angeles Times, 11 Nov. 2023 The daughter’s room has a mystical bent, filled with art and a striking telescope. Todd Martens, Los Angeles Times, 3 Nov. 2023 There are many explanations for these kinds of experiences that do not require belief in an afterlife, mystical experiences, or other dimensions. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 2 Nov. 2023 In the first photo, shared on her Instagram Story, Heming Willis, 45, wears a Where's Waldo costume and poses with one of her daughters, who is dressed as a mystical fairy. Hannah Sacks, Peoplemag, 1 Nov. 2023 The joy that surrounds these mystical traditions assuages the fear of death. Gina Góngora, Vogue, 1 Nov. 2023 Immersing any space in mystical allure, this remarkable creation boasts a moon-like texture and 16 vibrant colors. Kirsten Chanel Webber, Rolling Stone, 31 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of mystical was in the 15th century

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“Mystical.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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mys·​ti·​cal ˈmis-ti-kəl How to pronounce mystical (audio)
: having a spiritual meaning or reality that is not immediately apparent to the senses or the mind
: of, relating to, or resulting from communication directly with God
mystically adverb
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